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The Uruguay international, who is also a target for Manchester City, is on the radar of the west London club, with the owner also confirming an approach for Andre Villas-Boas

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis claims that Chelsea want to sign striker Edinson Cavani.

The Uruguay international is also a target for Manchester City after notching 102 goals in 124 matches for the club in all competitions over three seasons, but Goal exclusively revealed a player-plus-cash deal involving Edin Dzeko has stalled.

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Jose Mourinho was announced as Chelsea's new manager on Monday, signing a four-year deal, and looks close to completing a move for Schalke midfielder Andre Schurrle, but De Laurentiis has now claimed the Portuguese is after further attacking talents.

The Italian told Radio Marte: "Chelsea want Cavani. 'Blues' will call me in the next hours about it..."

"If Edinson stays in Napoli I will be happy. If he goes, we'll replace him using the €63 million [£53.5m]  from his sale."

De Laurentiis also confirmed that Napoli made an approach for Andre Villas-Boas, which Goal revealed on Saturday was thwarted by the Tottenham boss' £10 million buy-out clause, before appointing Rafael Benitez.

"I contacted Villas-Boas, but he had to go in the USA on tour, so I spoke with Rafa Benitez and he convinced me to choose him immediately."


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